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MIKE ADLER People in the Fallingbrook and Birch Cliff areas are about to trade their potholes for construction pylons as a longawaited reconstruction of Kingston Road starts today. Work on the road and associated construction of watermains and sanitary and storm sewers between Victoria Park Avenue and Birchmount Road isn’t expected to finish before Nov. 30, 2014.

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The stretch’s poor state has contributed in recent years to Kingston making the Canadian Automobile Association’s drivervoted Top 10 list of worst roads in Ontario, but the City of Toronto’s construction notice warns residents the project comes with “noise and temporary inconveniences” including driveway closures and the loss of parking on Kingston. The city says residents who lose parking, however, will be given “consideration” for parking on side streets and where Kingston Road properties have two driveway entrances, one will be kept open. Work above ground is scheduled to finish between Warden >>>WORK, page 8

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A Toronto police car is parked outside a home at 336 Huntsmill Blvd. yesterday, where a man and woman were found murdered on Sunday. A 26-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his parents.

Man charged in murder of parents MIKE ADLER Some of their closest neighbours said they didn’t know Ji (George) Jia, 59, and Shi (Shirley) Zhou, 51, at all before police on Sunday morning discovered the couple dead in their northwest Scarborough home. Their son, Li Tian Jia, 26, was

arrested on the spot and charged with two counts of first-degree murder after the elder Jia and Zhou, were found, “obviously deceased,” according to Toronto Police, at 336 Huntsmill Blvd. He appeared in court yesterday at Old City Hall. Investigators continued work inside the two-storey house, which is on the quiet winding

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Scarborough’s North Bridlewood Junior Public School will play host to a Brush-A-Mania event this week to help promote good dental care among elementary school students. The annual event is presented by the Rotary Club of Toronto Don Mills. Experts will be at the school on the morning of Friday, April 5, to explain proper dental care. The program takes place every April in schools across Canada as part of national Oral Health Month. For more information, visit


The Toronto Artistic Orchid Association hosts its 12th annual Orchid Show in Scarborough later this month at the Centre for Information and Community Services (CICS), 2330 Midland Ave. The show promotes orchid appreciation and cultivation. About 20 exhibitors, orchid vendors and amateur orchid cultivators from Ontario and the United States are expected to attend. The Orchid Show is Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8. Children under age 8 are free. Please visit for more information on the upcoming show. gala for Moen Centre wFundraising

Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraising gala for Scarborough’s Moen Centre. Located on Kennedy Road, the centre serves physically disabled and developmentally challenged young adults. The gala is on Saturday, May 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Senator

O’Connor Catholic Secondary School, 60 Rowena, in the Victoria Park and Lawrence avenues area. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. For more information on the centre, please visit contribute to community fund wDoctors

Family physicians at The Scarborough Hospital have donated $400,000 to create a new fund they say will enhance a teaching program and ultimately improve care for the area’s various communities. The $400,000 gift to The Scarborough Hospital Foundation in March started TSH Community Academic Research and Education Support (CARES), which the public is invited to support as a way to pay for research on the hospital’s patient population and its ethnic diversity. “There is much potential to the health of our diverse population and this will give physicians a chance to do the research and in the end, provide better patient care,” Dr. Larry Erlick, chief of the hospital’s department of family and community medicine said in a release.

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meet at Dynasty Cheer wGymnastics Scarborough will play host to the Ontario acrobatic gymnastics championships this weekend. To p a c r o b a t i c gymnasts from both Ontario and Quebec will be taking part in the competition this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at Dynasty Cheer Academy at 2275 Markham Rd., near Hwy. 401. For more information on this Sunday’s meet, visit Healthcare earns honour wProvidence

Providence Healthcare, located at Warden and St. Clair avenues in Scarborough recently achieved “exemplary standing” status from Accreditation Canada. The standing is the highest designation available from the group, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization that

sets healthcare standards and safety levels. Providence, which provides rehabilitation, palliative and longterm care, was recognized for its approaches to patient flow and access; success with its strategic plan and commitment to quality and safety. For more on Providence Healthcare, visit www.providence. spring party slated wShandong

The Shandong Association/ Confucius Cultural Society of Ontario holds its annual Spring Party this Friday in Scarborough. The party is at the Star Walk Buffet Restaurant, 648 Silver Star Blvd., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for childen ages six to 12, $5 for children ages three to six. Children under age three are free. Ticket includes buffet lunch, social dance, karaoke and some performances. There will also be birthday celebrations marked. For tickets and more information on Friday’s celebration, please call Susan at 416-7540736.


Healing Hope fundraiser for hospital MIKE ADLER Letna Allen-Rowe felt fear the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Dec. 16, 2011. “I was torn apart that day,” she said. But Allen-Rowe found courage, and having successfully undergone a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction at the Centenary campus of the Rouge Valley Health System in Scarborough, she wants to help the hospital that saved her life, she said. Inspiration gave her the Healing Hope Fundraising Brunch, next Sunday April 7, as a way to do it. An actress and singer she’s known for appearing in the play I Need to Know My Father in venues around Toronto - Allen-Rowe will be joined at Saints Peter and Paul Banquet Hall on Milner Avenue by other entertainers including gospel singer Donett Thompson-Hall, and Dave “Comfort” Vassell, a romantic reggae balladeer. The afternoon also features a fashion show by Stacy-Ann

Buchanan Productions and Rouge Valley’s Dr. Tracey Asano and Dr. James Chiarotto will speak. It was in Asano’s office, Allen-Rowe said, that she decided on a benefit luncheon whose proceeds will go to the Rouge Valley Centenary Oncology Program.

Everywhere I go, I talk about it. It’s not a death sentence. I’m fabulous as I am, and I’m not going anywhere. – Letna Allen-Rowe

“This is one way I get to pay back,” said Allen-Rowe, who was recuperating from her latest surgery, which she had on March 7, and thinks the brunch will help her own process of healing. It’s not just medical equipment the $50-per-person event can buy, she said. The oncology lounge, for example, needs some new chairs. One in three Canadian families will be touched by

cancer one way or another. Allen-Rowe’s mother died of cervical cancer, and her husband has had kidney cancer. But though many people with cancer hide their diagnosis “under a bushel” she hasn’t. “Everywhere I go, I talk about it,” said Allen-Rowe. “It’s not a death sentence. I’m fabulous as I am, and I’m not going anywhere.” A Jamaican-Canadian, she said she hopes to see people of every ethnic background at the benefit “because cancer is no respecter of persons. It’s everybody’s disease, not just mine.” Tickets can be purchased a t w w w. t i c k e t g a t e w a y. com online, in person at Rouge Valley Health System Foundation’s Centenary office on Ellesmere Road, or by calling 416-281-7342. More information is on Allen-Rowe’s website, www. For more information about the Rouge Valley Health System, please visit www.



Letna Allen-Rowe, breast cancer survivor and actress hosting fundraising brunch this Sunday for Rouge Valley Health System’s Oncology Program.

Sidewalk petition online Though residents on a Birch Cliff street are asking for a sidewalk by September, there’s no way the work could be done this year, Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford says. Many in the neighbourhood pride themselves on the “rural character” of streets without sidewalks, but for others the death of Kayleigh Callaghan-Bellange, a fiveyear-old struck while walking home from school last month, has given the issue fresh urgency. This includes Chine Drive, where plans to reconstruct the street south of Kingston Road are under review at Ontario’s environment ministry. An online petition started the day of the accident asks Crawford and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to complete the project by the time the school year starts in September. The petition at www. had 102 signatures on Monday, though not all are from area residents.

Ikea monkey’s owner to launch Darling Darwin book MIKE ADLER

S c a r b o r o u g h ’s Ya s m i n Nakhuda will release the Adventures of Darling Darwin: Monkey Mess book, about her pet Darwin, this Saturday.

He’s no Curious George and she’s not The Man With The Yellow Hat, but Yasmin Nakhuda has put her Darling Darwin – better known as the Ikea monkey – into a children’s book just the same. Nakhuda, a Scarborough resident and real estate lawyer, launches her book, Adventures of Darling Darwin: Monkey Mess, this Saturday, hoping the proceeds will sustain her legal battle to get Darwin back. The famous macaque is

at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary north of Toronto, having been taken there by employees of the city’s Animal Services last December after he escaped Nakhuda’s car in a North York Ikea parking lot while wearing a miniature shearling coat. The cover of Darling Darwin: Monkey Mess recreates the fascination of bystanders during Darwin’s moments of freedom, which became a sensation on the Internet. In Danny Moore’s illustrations the store’s name is rearranged to spell “Aeki.” Nakhuda is launching the

book at a $75-a-plate dinner and dance party for supporters of her non-profit company, Darling Darwin Monkey and Friends, at a Mississauga dining hall. A trial on over her disputed ownership of Darwin, an infant monkey given to Nakhuda last year that became her constant companion for six months, is set to resume in May. Though she couldn’t convince authorities to return the monkey to her during the trial, a release from Nakhuda’s Washington, D.C.area publishing company, Mascot Books, said she’s not

ready to give up the fight for Darwin, and proceeds from sales of the book will go to DDM and F to help pay the costs. “Our legal battle to get him back has been emotionally, physically and financially highly taxing. Writing about Darwin and creating a fantasy world where I can imagine him being his usual happy mischievous self is therapeutic,” the release said. The book, an opportunity to “learn more about Darwin and the Monkey Mess that he finds himself in” is said to be “the first in a 12-book

series,” which would be five more books than the original Curious George series created by Hans Augusto and Margret Rey. Owning a monkey in Toronto isn’t legal. Nakhuda s a i d s h e’ l l r e m a i n i n Scarborough until she regains custody of Darwin. She and her family may then move to Kawartha Lakes unless, she added, that municipality has amended its bylaws to prevent monkey ownership. To learn more about the book and Darwin’s story, visit Nakhuda’s Facebook page, Darling Darwin Monkey




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eaching a tentative agreement with Ontario high school teachers has sparked calls for the Kathleen Wynne Liberals to reveal exactly what the two parties agreed to on March 29. For the moment, thanks to a media blackout, that information doesn’t look likely to come until after members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) vote on those changes Thursday. To say this dispute should never have gone this far is an understatement; however, it has and Ontarians deserve to know exactly what was discussed, and what we ‘may’ be on the hook for. Changes to contract conditions the Liberal government imposed on teachers early this year seem to have made a difference, with the labour dispute possibly coming to an end this week. Issues surrounding sick leave, maternity leave, unpaid days and local bargaining, appear to have been resolved with OSSTF. our view However, this does little for a provincial school system System needs that needs serious rethinksome serious ing – especially in the City of Toronto. rethinking In what seemed to be a whisper in the wind, teachers with the Toronto District School Board face layoffs come 2013-2014 as the city’s public schools face another budgetary shortfall. On the chopping block are nearly 250 secondary school teachers, cuts to guidance teachers, clerical staff, and even school-based safety monitors. These cuts will only slice in half an estimated budget deficit of $50 million. This should raise concerns, and some serious discussions as to where the education system in Toronto, and the province is heading. That our new premier is from Toronto and a former TDSB trustee raises concerns as well – she should be extremely aware of the ills surrounding the city’s school system. The problems facing the TDSB – low enrollment being the biggest issue – demand attention. That infrastructure and capital repairs are in dire need of attention also demand some focus. Cutting a deal with teachers before these issues are at least discussed is, in some ways, shortsighted. Perhaps it’s time to bring back the controversial Accommodation Review Committees, that began in fall 2009 to address declining enrolment, better utilize school facilities, and create a better learning environment, but with a provincial mandate. That way, we can get education back on track.

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The Maple Leafs, and the unwritten rule “So Jamie, are you going to finally cave in and write about you-know-who and the you-know-what this week?” I’ve been asked that question a lot lately and I’ve been ducking it, I have to admit. But I can’t any longer. The queries are getting way too close together. I can’t seem to walk down the hall or the street these days without at least two or three people coming up to me and trying to find out where I stand. So, after carefully avoiding it for as long as I could, yes, grudgingly, I have decided to weigh in on the topic. For those of you who aren’t hockey fans and don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, the youknow-who are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the youknow-what are the Stanley Cup playoffs which are slated to begin at the end of the month. The reason why fans are

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY referring to the Leafs as the you-know-who and not Leafs and the playoffs as the you-know-what and not the playoffs is that at this time of season, with playoff fortunes still very much in doubt, there is supposed to be a cone of silence surrounding the matter. There is an unwritten rule in the National Hockey League that you don’t bring up the playoffs until a club has officially qualified. And the NHL takes its unwritten rules very seriously. In fact, by me merely mentioning the word “playoffs” I am technically in violation of that unwritten rule. There is an unwritten addendum to the unwritten rule that clearly states that playoffs aren’t allowed to even be called playoffs at that this time. They are to

be addressed only as the “p-word.” You can look that up. If you can figure out where to look up an unwritten rule, that is. You’ve got to feel for the non-fans. It’s impossible for them to follow the goingson at the best of times with all the slang in hockey and now you add this deliberately deceptive lingo on top of it? That’s cruel and unusual punishment from where I sit. Meanwhile, I feel for the true blue fans as well and I feel even more for the true blue and white ones, a.k.a, the Leaf fans. It’s been nine, count ’em nine years since the Leafs have been in the post-season. And now their beloved team is not just in the playoff hunt, they’re smack dab in the middle of it they’re supposed to keep quiet? Come on. Are you kidding me? They should be enjoying every second of the chase, not giving the

playoffs the silent treatment by not mentioning them or calling them the p-word. I say its time to put an end to this charade once and for all. If rules are made to be broken, then the same must hold true for unwritten rules. So break that unwritten rule, Leafs fans. Break it to your hearts content. Worry not about any repercussions. The socalled the hockey gods will not object. Quite the contrary, heaven knows you’ve earned the right to soak it all in after all you’ve been through. And if in the end it turns out this unwritten rule wasn’t made to be broken, well, I wouldn’t worry about that either. It just means it isn’t worth the paper it isn’t written on. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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College praised ‘Teflon-coated’ politicians costing us all for commitment to Earth Hour To the editor: I work as a contract security guard for Centennial College. As I departed for my shift March 23, my daughters asked if I would be participating in Earth Hour at work. I laughed and told them that due to the size of the campus, I doubted this would occur. I was wrong. When I arrived for the shift, security guards were briefed that Centennial College would be participating in Earth Hour at all campuses. Maintenance contractors went floor to floor and building to building turning off lights. I was delighted to see the college made great efforts to participate in this important event. It showed responsibility and accountability to the environment and taught the

importance of saving energy. It sent a clear message to surrounding communities and Hwy. 401 commuters that Centennial College supports action for climate change. I felt compelled to let your readers know that the college participated in Earth Hour and promotes environmental awareness. Campuses have recycling bins, recycled paper products, renewable energy studies and even a green roof that collects grey water at their Progress campus library. In my opinion, Centennial College strives to reduce their environmental footprint while positively role modelling for large businesses and corporations. Centennial College’s participation in Earth Hour is highly commendable. Kimberley Milliard

To the editor: Re: ‘Klees talks transit at Agincourt meeting,’ News, March 19. I enjoyed Rahul Gupta’s article on the town hall meeting with provincial Tory transportation Frank Klees in Scarborough. I would have liked to attend myself just to hear what the ‘other guys’ had to say about Toronto’s transit troubles. It sounds as though the Tories have spent so much time being anti-former premier Dalton McGuinty Liberals everything they have

forgotten to come up with some practical ideas of their own. I am glad Klees was taken to task over his party’s record. Anyone who was a member of the former premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves Tory government should be. This meeting sounded like another feeble attempt by the Ontario PC’s to capitalize on public anger and frustration. It appears they suffer from selective amnesia and I doubt anyone is in the mood to forgive and forget their earlier transgressions.

The list of bad ideas unleashed on the taxpayers of this province by both parties is a long and shameful one. I would like to know just whose interests our representatives are looking after? Is it their investors sitting in the corporate boardrooms or the people who elected them? With each financial disaster, somebody besides the taxpayers of this province made money. What kinds of fools put together sketchy business deals that almost guarantee

they are going to lose the farm? Both parties are equally guilty of acting in bad faith and have broken the contract they entered into with the people who elected them to act on their behalf. Unfortunately, these matters have been taken out of the hands of the general public by our ‘Teflon-coated’ representatives and they will never be dealt with in a court of law. Chris Belfontaine

Casino at Woodbine is best bet for Toronto To the editor: A casino in Toronto may or may not be in our future. I would prefer to see it built at Woodbine Racetrack. They have made no secrets about its desire for an expanded facility. They had been planning for it as far back as five years or more.

T h e O n t a r i o Jo c k e y Club has a long history in Ontario and they are made up of Ontario racers and race fans. Far more of the royalties and fees paid to them will stay in Ontario and help our economy. Downtown Toronto does

not have the open spaces needed for this venue. The downtown structure would be totally redesigned and completely altered forever. Many people and much too much money has gone into the fabric of the downtown to be dug up and cast

off as worthless. A casino at Woodbine would be our choice and reflect our designs and aspirations not a foreign idea of what we should believe and desire. Glenn Kitchen




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Above right, volunteer Nancy Prentice places food at one of 12 shelters her group has built for feral cats in the area around Eglinton and Warden avenues. The group needs volunteers to help look after the feral cat colonies it takes care of in Scarborough. Above left, one of the feral cats outside its shelter.

Friends of Ferals in need of more volunteers Scarborough group helps feed, shelter and neuter number of local feral cat colonies Tara Hatherly


small group of feline lovers is looking for new recruits to help care for feral cats in Scarborough. Members of the group, Friends of Ferals, visit about a dozen Scarborough locations every day to give food and water to feral cats. The group has built structures for the cats in each location, to give the animals a roof over their heads and a hay bed for warmth. “These cats have never

How you can help n Volunteers are asked to donate two hours one day a week. n Have a vehicle to travel to the feeding sites. n Contact Friends of Ferals at 416-755-2177.

been tamed or lived indoors, they are wild,” explained group member Nancy Prentice. “One of us is there every day year-round to feed them. They get dry food, wet food, which is cans, and always water ... We are like the postman, we show up in snowstorms, rain and all kinds of weather.” Along with keeping the cats healthy and well behaved, the group’s work helps control Scarborough’s feral cat population. Each of the cats the group looks after has been fixed. When a new cat shows up, group members humanely catch it and take it to be spayed or neutered, before returning it to where it was found. “We have a kind, loving lady in our group who helps with the cost of food and vet bills. She also keeps track of the feeders like myself, so the cats never go hungry,” Prentice said. “If you’ve ever had any animals around your

house at night, it’s sad,” she added. “If you have ever heard a cat fight at night, you know it’s an awful, guttural sound. Our cats don’t fight, hence they are all still playful and happy, but don’t keep anyone up at night.” Industrial areas The shelters are located in industrial areas, and volunteers must walk down some alleyways and behind some buildings to access them. Some members go alone to feed the cats, while others prefer to work in pairs. Most of the group’s members are getting older, which has them looking for people to help continue their work. Volunteers are asked to donate approximately two hours of their time one day a week, and must have a vehicle to use to travel the feeding route. Food can be supplied by the group if needed. Mary Lou Leiher, pro-

gram manager of partnerships and marketing for Toronto Animal Services, said the organization is grateful for the work of feral cat colony caretakers. “The city can’t hire people to do that, it has to be done by volunteers and these people are just incredible,” she said. “It obviously wouldn’t work at all without them. They’re the ones who are caring for the cats ... These people who do that are extremely dedicated and we obviously admire them for that.” In 2010, the city became part of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, which works to improve the lives of feral cats and reduce cat over-population, through strategic and humane trap, neuter and release programs. The group includes Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Humane Society, Toronto Feral Cat Project, Toronto Cat Rescue, Urban Cat Rescue, Annex Cat

Rescue, Action Volunteers for Animals, Animal Alliance of Canada and OSPCA. “The model in the City of Toronto, the model of the coalition, is pretty special. You don’t find that model in many communities, so we’re very proud to be a part of that,” Leiher said. “It’s just a really good thing that we’re all able to work together.” Through the coalition, feral cat caretakers can access training and education and free spay and neuter services. Leiher said the coalition is already making a difference on feral cat populations, which she acknowledged was a big problem to tackle. “There’s an estimated tens of thousands of feral cats in the city, and so it’s going to take a while to really see a noticeable difference in our shelter intake of homeless cats that we can attribute to that project,” she said. “But we know it’s going to happen. And certainly

the colonies that are 80 to 100 per cent sterilized, the colony caretakers themselves have noticed a difference, because the colonies are being reduced by attrition, and they’ve stopped reproducing ... So we know that it’s working.” To further reduce feral cat populations, she encouraged cat owners to spay and neuter their pets, or only let them outside under direct supervision. “It’s a worthwhile thing to do,” Prentice said. “These cats are feral. They are beautiful, but you don’t pick them up. Some may rub against one’s legs if they are near, that’s their way of saying we love you. They are always so happy to see us.” For more on the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, visit www. torontoferalcatcoalition. Do you have issues with feral cats in your neighbourhood? Let us know at scm@



Parent meeting set for Inglewood school after teacher charged Toronto’s public school board is offering support to students and meeting parents in the wake of news a teacher at an Agincourt school faces multiple sexual assault charges. Christian Kpodjie, 53, who taught French to grades 4 to 6 at Inglewood Heights Public School surrendered himself to Toronto Police was

arrested Wednesday, March 27, charged with 42 crimes allegedly involving students during the 2012-2013 school year, including 16 counts of sexual assault. A letter sent to parents Wednesday said a supply teacher has been retained while Kpodjie remains on suspension.

“While it is important to remember that laying criminal charges does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, we also cannot and do not take these allegations lightly,” added Inglewood Height’s principal, Sheryl Robinson Petrazzini.

“We know that this situation may be upsetting for some of our students and will ensure that supports are in place for those students.” The letter said staff at the school are cooperating with police and will share what information they can. A meeting for parents in the Dempster Street school

gym has been called for this evening at 6 p.m., “so that we can review procedures and respond as best we can to any questions you may have,” the letter said. from wCorrection Thursday’s mirror

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Work aims to beautify street, area >>>from page 1 Avenue and Birchmount by late this November, and between Victoria Park and Warden by late November of 2014. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, “with work after hours and on weekends as required.”

STREETSCAPING For years, it has been hoped the project would help beautify and revive Birch Cliff’s commercial strip, and the city said it will be doing “boulevard restoration work” in front of homes and commercial properties, as well as streetscaping and sodding. The city-owned portion of water service connections to business or homes will be replaced if they are “substandard” – pipes which are leaking, for example, or made of lead – but owners will be responsible for portions of the service on their

properties. Two local streets in the area, Eastwood and Haig avenues, have asbestos mixed into their surface asphalt, which will also be replaced. The city said recent tests confirmed asbestos in the asphalt mix “is bonded very tight, does not become separated during the asphalt removal operation, or become airborne to pose any harm to the health of those who are exposed,” but added contractors will be required to take certain precautionary measures. More on the project at and inquiries can be made by calling 311 or 416338-0889. Though there will be lane closures, the city said TTC bus service will not be interrupted during the reconstruction work.


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Neighbours did not know family well >>>from page 1 cousin who summoned police to the house by calling 911 on Sunday. Several people living nearby appeared not to know the family, tenants living in the home or how long it has been since the home changed hands. “Sometimes I say hello. That’s it,” said an older man from across the street who had seen the elder Jia doing gardening work. The Toronto police release yesterday said that it was York Regional Police that had originally responded to a 911 call which was made on Steeles Avenue, sending both Toronto and York Region police officers to the home.

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Reconstruction work is slated to begin today on a stretch of Kingston Road between Victoria Park Avenue and Birchmount Road.


Anyone with information on this incident can call police at 416-808-4200.


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Fitness for Better Bones & Brain WHEN: 4 to 5:15 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan (Siva), 416-293-3333 ext 288, sivanesan@ COST: $40, if you are a member $ 30 Youth Creating Change (Alumni Speakers Series Event) WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Malvern Family Resource Centre - Youth Centre, 1321 Neilson Rd.

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CFUW Scarborough Annual Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Thomas More Parish Hall, 2234 Ellesmere Rd. CONTACT: Lenora Fleming, 416-690-5311 COST: $20 Fashions by Felicia’s Collection Boutique. Ticket proceeds fund Centennial College Student Awards and Scarborough Women’s Centre. Raffle proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Check out our complete online community calendar by visiting Read weeks of listings from your Scarborough neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

CONTACT: Alex Dow, 416-284-6005, COST: Free Malvern ANC and the Malvern Youth Cabinet are hosting a speaker series on the transformational power of the arts and will tackle issues such as police/community relations, and how to create meaningful impacts through community work. RSVP. TTC tokens and a light dinner will be provided.

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 11, 9 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: COST: $6 Community euchre with prizes, draw and refreshments.

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Resurrection Journey: An Intereactive EasterExperience WHEN: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Birchcliff Bluffs United Church - 33 East Rd., CONTACT: Sue, 416-6944081 COST: $10 Look at the driving forces behind, and people who played key roles in, the


Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra WHEN: 8 to 10:30 p.m. WHERE: Salvation Army Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E. CONTACT: COST: $30, Senior $25, Students with ID $15 Last Night at the Proms date back to 1895 and we’ve selected the music of British composers, with a special focus on choral music, featuring The Toronto Choral Society. Program includes his Enigma Variations, the large-scale choral ode The Music Makers, Opus 69, and Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory).

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Spring Awakening WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Meeting Place - University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail CONTACT: Andrew Hercules, 416208-4769, COST: Free Students in the UTSC Concert Choir and UTSC Concert Band along with the Alumni & Community Concert Band perform a selection of classical and contemporary repertoire.

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WHEN: 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. WHERE: St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Centre, 3333 Finch Ave. E. CONTACT: Sivanesan Muthiah COST: $30 for 10 lessons ($20 for members) Program designed to increase the functional fitness of seniors with limited mobility and health issues. Most of the exercises are done in seated position and include range of motion exercises. This program is taught by a certified seniors’ fitness instructor. CFUW Scarborough Annual Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: St. Thomas More Parish Hall, 2234 Ellesmere Rd. CONTACT: Lenora Fleming, 416-690-5311 COST: $20 Fashions by Felicia’s Collection Boutique. Ticket proceeds fund Centennial College Student Awards and Scarborough Women’s Centre. Raffle proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for the AIDS Grannies. Agincourt Garden Club WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Knox United Christian Education Centre, 2575 Midland Ave. CONTACT: Bruce Vodden, president, 416-298-0984, COST: Free Speaker: Martin Galloway. Dessert (cookies) contest. Free refreshments and parking. Visitors are always welcome. Special events this year, include flower shows and plant sales.

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Fun at West Rouge Community Centre’s Easter egg hunt EASTER FUN: At top left, Serena Bernicky, 3, looks for eggs during West Rouge Community Centre’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday afternoon. Below, Matthew Titus, 4, looks for eggs during the hunt. Below, centre, Aerilyn Papp puts an egg in her basket. At bottom centre, Nicholas Ali, 4, decorates a cookie and at bottom left, Natalie Mikaelian makes a craft.

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The TTC’s board of commissioners approved the purchase of 126 more articulated buses to run on high ridership routes, at its meeting last week. The 60-foot vehicles, which are also known as artics, have separate sections divided by a pivoting middle hinge and can hold up to 112 riders total. The high-passenger capacity makes them ideal for rush hour service, says the TTC. SHARE PROGRAM RATES RISE ◗BIKE

The popular bike share program Bixi is raising membership rates for 2013. Beginning this week, it will cost $97 plus tax to purchase a one-year membership, $41 for a monthly pass, to access Bixi’s 80 stations and 1,000 bicycles available year-round through the program. That’s an increase of two per cent. This is the first time costs have risen since its debut in Toronto two years ago. Bixi says the price hike is due to inflation and increased

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West-end road closures are planned for two weekends in April due to GO Transit construction work. Beginning this Friday at 8 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. Monday, April 8, Martin Grove Road will be closed to traffic between Bethridge Road and Vulcan Street. Then on Friday, April 19, Kipling Avenue will remain closed all weekend before reopening 5 a.m. on Monday, April 22, morning. The closures are because of girder installation for rail bridges going up in the area as part of Metrolinx’s GO Georgetown South expansion project. POWER LINE WORK THIS MONTH ◗STREETCAR

Also in April, the TTC will conduct night work on the overhead power lines at the Bingham streetcar loop. Though the TTC promises minimal noise from the

construction to take place Monday to Friday between 1 and 6 a.m., residents living around Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue may hear beeping sounds coming from the hydraulic trucks during the work period. The work which is part of upgrades required for the TTC’s new streetcars is expected to last six weeks. FUNDING OPEN HOUSES ◗TRANSIT

CodeRedTO will hold a series of upcoming open houses across the city to weigh in on the question of funding transit expansion. The non-partisan group is asking residents to chime in on transit funding and other issues. Local city councillors and representatives from Metrolinx are expected to participate. The meetings take place during April and May beginning at Thorncliffe Public Library on April 13. For a full list of dates visit Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT



MEETING THIS WEEK ◗COUNCIL It’s council week at Toronto City Hall – which is to say, a delicious buffet of member motions, committee debates and colourful outbursts, lasting two and maybe three days. This month’s council meeting starts tomorrow. Early on, council will be dealing with some planning matters held over from the last meeting – then going through committee agendas to pass final judgement on recommendations from last month. There are also some brand new issues, coming forward in the notices of motion from Toronto councillors. CHAIR SEEKS FEDERAL FUNDS ◗TTC

TTC Chair Karen Stintz is bringing forward a motion to ask the city manager to report on how Toronto can access $54 billion in federal infrastructure money announced in the 2013 federal budget. The notice of motion makes no mention of specifics — but Stintz went on the record arguing that the city’s first priority should be getting funds to build a downtown

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St. Paul’s Councillor Josh Matlow wants to send a request to the province to require truth in ads from city’s development industry. The motion asks the Mi n i s t r y o f Co n s u m e r Services to require developers to state clearly in advertisements for new condominiums whether the applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto, until a building permit has been issued. Matlow residents to know they can appeal to council if they don’t like the look of a new tower next to them. TO COUNCILLOR RECORDS SOUGHT ◗ACCESS

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���� it easier for journalists, residents and others to access records of councillors and other elected representatives. Currently, councillors’ records can’t be accessed by Freedom of Information requests, in the way that the mayor’s can. Wr i t e s Fl e t c h e r, “Establishing clear, open municipal governments should be a priority for both Toronto and across Ontario. Residents should have the right to know who their elected representatives are meeting with and how they are spending their days.” BYLAW UNDER REVIEW ◗CYCLING

Council will also be considering some key items from committee, including the abolishment of the city’s single-file cycling bylaw> Council will also deal with changes to the bylaw regulating adult entertainment clubs, and recommendations to open up 172 more beds in homeless shelters.


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Health Fair at the Access Hub HEALTHY LIVING: At right, Rose Lagran demonstrates her Taekwondo skills during the Food, Fun and Family Health Fair held Thursday at the Access Point Community Hub. Above, Chef Maha Barsaam, centre, takes orders for healthy pizza and other snacks At left, Asmat Ullah, left, learns proper workout techniques. And at bottom left youth play basketball and soccer outdoors. Photos/JAMIE MACDONALD


DMG launches Scarborough Fair

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is hosting the launch of this year’s Scarborough Fair tomorrow. A UTSC tradition since its first publication in 1968, Scarborough Fair is an anthology of literary work by students. Those at the launch can enjoy readings, refreshments and the company of others. T h e D o r i s Mc Ca r t h y Gallery is at 1265 Military Trail. Call 416-287-7007 or visit for more.


UTSC launches new e-magazine Friday UTSC Arts presents the Transcend launch party and networking session this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is in celebration of UTSC students, alumni, and faculty, and arts professionals for the launch of Transcend, an eMagazine produced by UTSC’s senior arts management students. The launch is at the Un i v e r s i t y o f To r o n t o Scarborough’s HUB, IC building, 1265 Military Trail.


Cedar Ridge Students’ Exhibit

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Students’ Exhibit is on display until next Wednesday, April 10, The exhibit features works by students of Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. Students of all ages will showcase their works. M edia on display includes: sculpture, pottery, weaving, portraiture, paintings, drawings and folk art. Also, Class Action hosts its opening reception Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s an exhibition of works that celebrate the spirit of collaboration. It features a variety of watercolour techniques painted as part of a group project as well as individual works. This is the second show for this group of artists as they continue to explore watercolour. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, is at 225 Confederation Dr. Call 416-396-4026 or email for more information on the exhibits and the centre’s operating hours.


Join the East Doc Collective in April

Scarborough Arts is calling for youth between the ages of 15 to 19 to join the EAST Documentary Collective. presented by Scarborough Arts. Participants will document the work of the EAST Music Collective and interview local musicians, vocalists, spoken word artists and creative youth. Call Jen D. Fabico, manager - youth programs, at 416 6987322 or east@scarborougharts for more. Application deadline is April 10. Visit www.

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CBSO annual fundraising concert Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra hosts its Fundraising Concert Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. Featuring the Toronto premiere of Canadian composer Victor Davies’ Jazz Piano Conerto, with paianist Maxine Willan. St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 4125 Sheppart Ave. E. Call the box office 416-8795566 for more info.

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sports The Scarborough Titans Tektonics U13 girls volleyball team won backto-back gold medals recently. Team members are Valencia Zaborowski, Lauren Wong, Samantha Cyrille, Adrianna Chiofalo, Nicole Croft, Chloe Mellor, coach Karin Serre, Kha Vi An Tran, Vivian Zanutel, Christine Vizl and Naomi Nash. Absent was coach Bart Arsenault and assistant coaches Kiona Mercer-Tremblay and M e s h a w n a M e r c e rTremblay. Photo/COURTESY

Tektonics win pair of golds The Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club Tektonics U13 girls volleyball team won gold at back-to-back tournaments recently. The team played in a higher age group at a March 23 tourney at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s U14 Hawkins Cup in Peterborough. They went undefeated against Durham Attack, DRVC and STVC Fury.

In the final game against Durham Attack Smash, Lauren Wong hit seven serves in a row to pull the team through to the third set. The Tektonics were behind 6-10, but Christine Vizl served nine points in a row to win the set 15-10. The team also went undefeated on March 24 at the Markham Stingers U13 Invitational Tournament in

Richmond Hill. The Tektonics beat teams from Markham, Orillia, York Region and Barrie. So far this season, the team has won four golds, two silvers, and a bronze in seven tournaments. For more Scarborough sports news, visit us online at www.scarboroughmirror. com. Send us your scores to


TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BOYS SOCCER-EAST REGION-JUNIOR MONDAY, APRIL. 8 ◗ Woburn Collegiate vs. Wexford, (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) ◗ Agincourt Collegiate vs. Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.) BOYS SOCCER-EAST-SENIOR TIER 1 ◗ Woburn Collegiate vs. Wexford Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 8:30 a.m.) ◗ Winston Churchill Collegiate vs. David & Mary Thomson Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) ◗ R.H. King Academy vs. Birchmount Park Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 1 p.m.) ◗ Agincourt Collegiate vs. Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate (Birchmount Park Stadium, 93 Birchmount Rd., 2:30 p.m.) LLOYD HILLIER TOURNAMENT MIDGET JUNIOR DIVISION FRIDAY, APRIL 5 ◗ OCHL vs. Scarborough (Centennial Park Arena, West Rink, 56 Centennial Park Rd., 2:30 p.m.) SATURDAY, APRIL 6 ◗ Etobicoke vs. Scarborough (Centennial Park Arena, West Rink, 56 Centennial Park Rd., 10:10 a.m.) ◗ OCHL vs. Scarborough (Centennial Park Arena, West Rink, 56 Centennial Park Rd., 1:30 p.m.)

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7 ◗ 1st place vs. 2nd place (Centennial Park Arena, 56 Centennial Park Rd., 2 p.m.) WEST HILL GOLDENHAWKS OHF ATOM AA CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY, APRIL. 12 ◗ Mississauga vs. West Hill (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) ◗ Opening ceremonies (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 6 p.m.) ◗ West Hill vs. London (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 7 p.m.)

West Hill’s Molan Ayotte and Benjamin Maxwell of Leaside fight for control of the puck during tyke action at the Shamrock tournament on Saturday morning. West Hill defeated Leaside 1-0.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 ◗ West Hill vs. Oakville (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 11:30 a.m.) ◗ North Bay vs. West Hill (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 4 p.m.)


SUNDAY, APRIL 14 ◗ Semifinal game (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 8 a.m.) ◗ Semifinal game (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 10 a.m.) ◗ Championship game (Scarborough Gardens, 75 Birchmount Rd., 3 p.m.) SCARBOROUGH HOCKEY ASSOC. MINOR MIDGET PLAYOFFS TUESDAY, APRIL 2 ◗ Hoult Helliwell (3rd) vs, Scotiabank (4th) (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8:45 p.m.) ◗ Carson Electric (1st) vs. DTB Electric (2nd) Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 9 p.m.)

UPCOMING GAME Scarborough Hockey Association, Royal Blue vs. White at Don Montgomery Arena at 10 a.m. in Timbits Division on Saturday, April 6.

MIDGET DIVISION PLAYOFFS THURSDAY, APRIL 2 ◗ Crestex (4th A) vs. Best Display & Graphics (4th B) (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 7 p.m.) ◗ Wee Watch (3rd A) vs. Trader Links (3rd B) (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 7:30 p.m.) ◗ Ironhead (2nd A) vs. CAA (2nd B) (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 8:30 p.m.)

◗ Corstar (1st A) vs. CGI (1st B) (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., 9 p.m.)

◗ Purple vs. Red (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Rink 1, 11 a.m.) ◗ Presentations and Banquet (Gym, 12:20 p.m.)

TIMBITS DIVISION PLAYOFFS SATURDAY, APRIL 6 ◗ Royal Blue vs. White (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Rink 1, 10 a.m.) ◗ Teal vs. Black (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Rink 2, 10:15 a.m.)

NOVICE 6 PLAYOFFS SATURDAY, APRIL 6 ◗ Teal vs. Maroon (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Rink 1, 10 a.m.) ◗ Powder Blue vs. Royal Blue (Don Montgomery Arena, 2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Rink 1, noon)

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Local players end college careers with hockey title Madison Johnston, Lauren Sullivan also won city crown with Birchmount Park Collegiate NORM NELSON This spring’s U.S. national collegiate championship wasn’t the first championship that Scarborough pals Lauren Sullivan and Madison Johnston had won together. The pair, who both kicked off their hockey careers together as kids with the Scarborough Sharks girls hockey organization, once helped their Birchmount Park Collegiate team win a city title back in 2007, both mentioned in a Scarborough Mirror story at the time. And there they were ending their U.S. collegiate hockey careers in style – helping their Soaring Eagles team from Elmira College defeat Middlebury College 1-0 in the division-three national championship game in March. And the graduating seniors were instrumental in the win, to say the least.


Above right, Madison Johnston (16), helped lead the Elmira College Soaring Eagles women’s hockey team to the NCAA Division III national championship recently. Johnston and fellow Scarborough resident Lauren Sullivan (above left), who topped the nation in goals-againstaverage and shutouts, began their hockey careers with the Scarborough Sharks.

Sullivan was the star goalie: she earned the championship game shutout and was named to the all-tournament team. She ended the year at the top of the division-three goaltenders, nationwide, with a goals-against-average

of 1.18 and tied for shutouts with 11 (as well as high up in numerous other categories). Career-wise she’s left herself high up in virtually every goaltender category for her team, including most shutouts in a season (with the

above noted 11) and tied for most in a career with 22. “Lauren Sullivan has obviously had a tremendous fouryear career for us, holds a lot of statistical categories for our program,” said Elmira head coach Dean Jackson, in the

post-game scrum. “What she did for us not just during the year but down the stretch, those one-game eliminations, she came to play. She did everything she needed to do to keep the puck out of the net. “She made the saves she should make and then she made the extraordinary saves that you hope goalies make this time of year that make the difference. She did the job that we needed to do to win a national championship.” While specific stats for defenceman aren’t as readily available as offensive and goaltending stats, Johnston ended the season tied on her team as the top point-getting defenceman (21 points) and was also named to the conference second-team all-star team. Elmira finished second in their conference with a 24-5-1 overall record (14-2 in their conference). That had them

ranked top-five nationally for the entire season, basically shifting between third, fourth and fifth seed. They did lose their conference championship 4-2 to the first-place team, Plattsburgh (who finished 27-1-2 overall), but their top ranking and runner-up finish earned them a berth in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) division-three tournament. Besides their already noted 1-0 NCAA championship win, they won their semifinal 4-3 in overtime over Gustavus Adolphus and their quarterfinal 4-0 over Bowdoin (shutout to Sullivan; goal and assist to Johnston). “I love playing under pressure, it just makes it easier to play,” remarked Sullivan in the post season scrum.


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Unresolved questions surround a controversial lease extension between a newsstand operator and the TTC, says a board member for the transit agency. Don Valley West Councillor John Parker still has questions about the 15-year, $40.7-million contract extension between the TTC and Tobmar Investments, which operates the Gateway Newsstands. The lease, which also covers other Tobmar holdings such as bakeries and kiosks, was initially approved by the board but the decision was reversed after a third-party review ordered by TTC chair Karen Stintz in January indicated interest from another bidder. Informal conversations At last week’s TTC board meeting, Michael Aychenthal, CEO of Tobmar Investments, which operates Gateway, said he had informal conversations with the TTC regarding the consolidation of its various leases with the transit agency, including 65 newsstands in the subway system prior to a formal meeting July 25, 2012. That came as a surprise to Parker, who along with the rest of the TTC board approved the recommendations last autumn based on a staff report which stated the lease extension proposal came “unsolicited” from Tobmar. “This new context has now created a serious question as to whether their understanding accurately describes the situation,” said Parker of Aychenthal’s claims. “Who invited who to the first date is an open question that remains unresolved, so now we’re embarked on an exercise of getting to the bottom of that.” Aychenthal told the board last Wednesday the TTC first approached him last year regarding the relocations and renovations of four newsstands for the 2015 Pan American Games. With its lease winding down, Aychenthal said he suggested to TTC property development manager Domenic Garisto extending all of its existing leases with the TTC to justify the renovation expenses. “We said in order for us to do

something like this we’re going to need a longer term,” recalled Aychenthal. “Domenic said go ahead and submit a proposal and we’ll review it.” Aychenthal said that initial conversations led to further correspondence with TTC and eventually a meeting was scheduled on July, 25, when an offer was formally submitted by Gateway. The TTC’s chief financial officer Vince Rodo insisted any conversations about a lease extension were initiated by Gateway, which has operated newsstands in subway stations for the last 19 years. “We said to Gateway we can’t make any promises or agreements,” said Rodo to the board. “If you want to tell us what you want to do to extend the contract, you tell us what that is and we’ll consider it. That was the nature of the conversation.” Rodo said it was only after the deal was approved by the board, which led to heavy criticism from Mayor Rob Ford among others for not being put through a public tendering process, that the TTC became aware of other potential bidders. Report at next meeting “Not having heard from anyone else and having received this very favourable financial deal from Gateway we brought this proposal to the commission,” said Rodo. By re-opening the deal and soliciting more bids, Parker conceded Tobmar would be at a disadvantage since the details of its offer have already been made public. “Ordinarily you don’t put a project out to tender where one of the parties has already put out their financial thinking to the public in advance of the tender process,” he said. The TTC will conduct a review of its correspondence with Gateway and present a report to the board’s next meeting on April 24, said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross. A final decision on whether to open up the bidding process for the lease will also be made then.


Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. Reach him on Twitter: @ TOinTRANSIT

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